Tour Over Europe 1980

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Tour Over Europe 1980
LedZep1980.jpg
Concert tour by Led Zeppelin
Associated album In Through the Out Door
Start date 17 June 1980
End date 7 July 1980
Legs 1
Shows 14
Led Zeppelin concert chronology
Knebworth 1979 Tour Over Europe 1980 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert 2007

Tour Over Europe 1980 was the last concert tour by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. The tour commenced on 17 June and concluded on 7 July 1980. Ten of the shows on the tour took place in cities throughout Germany, as well as one show each in Brussels, Rotterdam, Vienna and Zurich.

History[edit]

This was the first series of concerts performed by the band since their shows at Knebworth almost a year before. Singer Robert Plant was reluctant to tour the United States, and the band wanted to avoid some of the negative press attention which had dogged them in the United Kingdom, so as a compromise Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant decided to schedule a short European tour. He hoped that being on the road again would rejuvenate Plant's enthusiasm for touring, which would eventually inspire Plant's desire to tour the U.S again.[1]

The band performed rehearsals for the tour at the Rainbow Theatre and Victoria Theatre in London, and then at Shepperton Studios, Middlesex.[1]

During this tour the band played small venues with a scaled down PA and a modest stage and lighting setup. As such, it had a much more low-key feel than had been witnessed on recent tours. The set list was also shorter at approximately two hours in duration, with some of the band's lengthier songs such as "No Quarter" and "Moby Dick" being discarded. A limited amount of material from the band's most recent album In Through the Out Door, was also performed. The set for these concerts opened with "Train Kept A-Rollin'" which had not been a regular feature of their live sets since 1969. Press coverage of this concert tour was minimal.[1]

Generally speaking, there was a playful and generous spirit about the tour, with guitarist Jimmy Page even handling some of the stage introductions himself for the first time in the band's twelve-year career.[2] However, some on-stage problems were also experienced. The 26 June show at Vienna[3] was interrupted during "White Summer", as Page was hit in the face by a firecracker. The organizer stepped up and talked to the audience, and asked the person responsible to come to the stage to have a word with him. After a delay, the band returned to play "Kashmir" and finish the show. The 27 June show at Nuremberg[4] came to an abrupt end after the third song when John Bonham collapsed on stage and was rushed to a hospital. Press speculation arose that Bonham's problem was caused by an excess of alcohol and drugs, but the band claimed that he had simply overeaten.[5]

The poster of the tour announced a second concert at Berlin, on July 8,[6] but this show was never performed. The final full-length concert Led Zeppelin played until 2007 was on 7 July,[7] with "Whole Lotta Love" being the final song performed at this gig.

In an interview, bass player John Paul Jones recalled of this tour:

Morale was very high. We were in really good spirits. We were stripped down a lot, musically, and as an act, we remember back to what we were doing. Punk kind of woke us up again. "Oh yeah, I remember what we are supposed to be doing here." It was about to go for a change of gears and round two ... By the time John [Bonham] died, we all had sorted it out and were ready to go again. He died in rehearsals for an American tour.[8]

Recordings[edit]

Audio bootlegs[edit]

All the shows of the tour were released by the bootleg label Tarantura on a 26-disc box set, and as separate releases during 1996 and 1997. Most of the shows are complete and are sourced from soundboard recordings; just the Rotterdam show is missing the first four songs and the Vienna and Munich shows are sourced from audience recordings. There is, however, a complete audience recording of the Rotterdam show in existence.

Video[edit]

On Led Zeppelin's website, there are 8mm films featuring parts of the Rotterdam,[9] Zürich[10] and Munich[11] shows.

Tour set list[edit]

  1. "Train Kept A-Rollin'" (Bradshaw, Kay, Mann)
  2. "Nobody's Fault but Mine" (Page, Plant)
  3. "Black Dog" (Jones, Page, Plant)
  4. "In the Evening" (Jones, Page, Plant)
  5. "The Rain Song" (Page, Plant)
  6. "Hot Dog" (Page, Plant)
  7. "All My Love" (Jones, Plant)
  8. "Trampled Under Foot" (Jones, Page, Plant)
  9. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Jones, Page, Plant)
  10. "Achilles Last Stand" (Page, Plant) (not performed on June 26 or July 7)
  11. "White Summer"/"Black Mountain Side" (Page)
  12. "Kashmir" (Bonham, Page, Plant)
  13. "Stairway to Heaven" (Page, Plant)

Encores:

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
17 June 1980 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhallen
18 June 1980 Cologne Sporthalle
20 June 1980 Brussels Belgium Vorst Nationaal
21 June 1980 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
23 June 1980 Bremen Germany Stadthalle
24 June 1980 Hanover Messehalle
26 June 1980 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
27 June 1980 Nuremberg Germany Messezentrum Halle
29 June 1980 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
30 June 1980 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
2 July 1980 Mannheim Eisstadion
3 July 1980
5 July 1980 Munich Olympiahalle
7 July 1980 Berlin Eissporthalle

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.